Caramoor is delighted to announce the appointment of Edward J. Lewis III as President & CEO. Lewis, who will succeed Interim CEO Nina Curley on May 1, has almost two decades of experience in performing arts leadership. An accomplished violist who has been a member of the Dallas Opera and Dallas Chamber Orchestras, he comes to Caramoor from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he currently serves as Vice Chancellor for Advancement.
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February Newsletter Wrap Up
While Black excellence in the arts should be celebrated year-round, we would like to take an opportunity this month to emphasize the importance and influence of Black musicians and composers. Each week in February, we highlighted Black composers and musicians, sharing with you some links to their music and backgrounds. We also included some clips from performances of their works that happened in recent livestreams at Caramoor.
Continuing its commitment to presenting music in a wide range of genres, Caramoor is proud to announce a full slate of virtual programs this spring. Highlights include original Roomful of Teeth member Dashon Burton showing off his versatility with a program ranging from Schumann to spirituals; the Thalea String Quartet performing works by Daniel Bernard Roumain, Jessie Montgomery, Tanya Tagaq, and a world premiere Caramoor commission from Paola Prestini; R&B star Son Little; and jazz diva Catherine Russell. Other programs in the series of livestreams from the Music Room that the New York Times calls “adventurous and excellent” include the Callisto Quartet completing its survey of the six Bartók String Quartets; the next-generation visionaries of the Junction Trio playing Beethoven and Shostakovich; the continuo band Ruckus with baroque flutist Emi Ferguson; and Caramoor’s own Schwab Vocal Rising Stars. Five of the eight concerts will include artist Q&As, moderated by Caramoor’s Artistic Director Kathy Schuman, that offer the home audience an opportunity to ask questions. In addition, two dedicated “Caramoor Conversations” will offer in-depth discussions with the artists and/or composers of works to be heard in upcoming programs.
Caramoor’s staff rounded up 22 songs to put you in the holiday spirit this season. Read on to see why these songs were chosen and listen to the playlist!
As it has been for us all, 2020 was a year of transitions for Caramoor.
Everything about the way we produce live music has changed since March of this year. With the global pandemic looming large, Caramoor made a swift decision to not “go dark.” In adherence with local and state health and safety guidelines, it became imperative for us to transition to producing performances for an online audience.
Thank you for joining us at Blue Hill at Stone Barns to raise funds for Caramoor. Please enjoy some photos from this incredible evening here.
2020–2021 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence
“Perhaps the butterfly is proof that you can go through a great deal of darkness and still become something beautiful.” –Unknown